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Rapid, Early Detection Method for Organ Transplant Injury

August 28, 2013 10:03 am | by Chempetitive Group | News | Comments

A recently reported blood test for the early detection of organ transplant injury could enable more timely therapeutic intervention in transplant patients and thus help to avoid longer term damage. As described by scientists at the University Medical Center Göttingen and Chronix Biomedical, a molecular diagnostics company...

Combating Concussions

August 28, 2013 10:01 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

In the United States there are millions of sports related concussions each year, but many go undiagnosed because for some athletes, the fear of being benched trumps the fear of permanent brain damage, and there is no objective test available to accurately diagnose concussions on the sidelines. Researchers at San Diego State University have set out to change that.

July/August 2013 Digital Edition

August 27, 2013 5:07 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Innovative control technology offers medical professionals and technicians the potential to do much more with diagnostic imaging equipment. “A New Dimension in Diagnostics,” this issue's cover story, looks at intuitive controls for radiological applications.

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Collaborative Development of Innovative Blood Testing Technology

August 27, 2013 2:33 pm | by Geert Van Steenberge, Ph.D., Research Team Leader, and Jeroen Missinne, Ph.D., Post-Doc Research Engineer, CMST (imec’s associated lab) | Articles | Comments

Leading companies and institutes in protein diagnostics and micro-nano-bio research, including Philips, imec, Hytest, PolyAn, Bremen University, and Eindhoven University of Technology, have joined forces to investigate next-generation technologies with the goal of enabling new, highly sensitive, point-of-care blood tests.

Device Improves Diagnostic Accuracy for Dehydration in Young Children

August 27, 2013 11:57 am | by Bodkin Design and Engineering | News | Comments

Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC is an electro-optic system and solutions research and design firm serving the bio-medical and healthcare industries. Bodkin developed a beta prototype by using unique biomedical sensors to monitor Capillary Refill Time more objectively.

Microneedle Patch Could Replace Standard Tuberculosis Skin Test

August 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

A team led by University of Washington engineers has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test. The researchers published their results online Aug. 26 in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

Volcano Corporation Announces Execution Of Agreement To Purchase Pioneer PlusT Re-Entry Catheter Product Line From Medtronic

August 26, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volcano Corporation (Nasdaq: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, said today it has signed an agreement to acquire the Pioneer PlusT diagnostic ultrasound ...

Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine (Infographic)

August 26, 2013 11:36 am | by Associates Degree in Nursing | News | Comments

Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular level for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues. Though in its infancy, could we be looking at the future of medicine? Early clinical trials certainly look promising.

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Combination of Two Imaging Techniques Allows New Insights into Brain Function

August 26, 2013 10:16 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | News | Comments

The ability to measure brain functions non-invasively is important both for clinical diagnoses and research in Neurology and Psychology. Two main imaging techniques are used: positron emission tomography (PET), which reveals metabolic processes in the brain; and activity of different brain regions is measured on the basis of the cells’ oxygen consumption by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

New Screening Strategy May Catch Ovarian Cancer at Early Stages

August 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

A new screening strategy for ovarian cancer appears to be highly specific for detecting the disease before it becomes lethal. The strategy is described in a study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

BD Supports the FDA's Proposal to Reclassify Rapid Influenza Tests

August 26, 2013 9:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BD, a leading global medical technology company, supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) proposed reclassification of rapid influenza detection tests. A hearing, held on June 13th by FDA's CDRH Microbiology Devices Advisory Committee Meeting, examined the FDA's proposal to reclassify rapid influenza detection tests (RIDTs) currently regulated as Class I devices, into Class II devices.

New Technique to Help Brain Cancer Patients

August 23, 2013 9:52 am | by Aarhus University | News | Comments

A new scanning technique developed by Danish and US researchers reveals how susceptible patients with aggressive brain cancer are to the drugs they receive. The research behind the ground-breaking technique has just been published in Nature Medicine.

Portable Device for Common Kidney Tests

August 23, 2013 9:50 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A lightweight and field-portable device invented at UCLA that conducts kidney tests and transmits data through a smartphone attachment may significantly reduce the need for frequent office visits by people with diabetes and others with chronic kidney ailments.

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Infraredx Receives $25 Million Investment from Nipro Corporation

August 22, 2013 12:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, today announced that it has received a $25 million equity investment from Nipro Corporation. This investment builds on Infraredx’s exclusive agreement with Nipro for distribution of its TVC Imaging System in Japan, the world’s largest intravascular imaging market.

Tumor Measurements Predict Survival in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

August 20, 2013 11:44 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

For the two-thirds of lung cancer patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease, tumor size is not used currently to predict overall survival times. A new study, however, led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers has shown that even in advanced stages total tumor size can have a major impact on survival.

Biomarkers for Possible Blood Test to Predict Suicide

August 20, 2013 11:19 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

In a study reported Aug. 20 in the advance online edition of the Nature Publishing Group journal Molecular Psychiatry, the researchers said the biomarkers were found at significantly higher levels in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients with thoughts of suicide as well in a group of people who had committed suicide.

Crowdfunding Campaign for 'Smart' Breast Health Imaging Device

August 20, 2013 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eclipse Breast Health Technologies Inc., a health products design and development company, today announced Eclipse is executing a crowd sourcing campaign on Indiegogo to raise $650,000 to bring Eclipse to the market as soon as possible so it can benefit women in early detection of breast abnormalities...

Inertial Sensors Monitor Gait & Aid Movement Pattern Analysis

August 19, 2013 10:22 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

Using inertial sensors, a research group has managed to measure horse movement as well as the timing of the hoof's contact with the ground very accurately. Using this new method, veterinarians will be able to analyse the movement patterns of horses with lameness much better than before.

Rice Technique Expands Options for Molecular Imaging

August 15, 2013 11:30 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A Rice University laboratory has improved upon its ability to determine molecular structures in three dimensions in ways that challenge long-used standards. By measuring the vibrations between atoms using femtosecond-long laser pulses, the Rice lab is able to discern the positions of atoms within molecules without the restrictions imposed by X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.

Biochip Holds Great Promise for Quickly Triaging People After Radiation Exposure

August 15, 2013 11:14 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Berkeley Lab scientists have helped to develop a tiny chip that has big potential for quickly determining whether someone has been exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation. The first-of-its-kind chip has an array of nanosensors that measure the concentrations of proteins that change after radiation exposure.

'Organ-on-a-Chip' Microdevices to Evaluate Therapies for Lethal Radiation Exposure

August 15, 2013 10:51 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

A team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has received a $5.6 million grant award from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its Organs-on-Chips technology for a novel application of keen interest to national security and health officials: to test human physiological responses to radiation, and to evaluate drugs designed to counter those effects.

New Tool Peeks into Brain to Measure Consciousness

August 15, 2013 10:40 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When people have a brain injury so severe that they can't squeeze a loved one's hand or otherwise respond, there are few good ways to tell if they have any lingering awareness or are in a vegetative state. Now researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure varying levels of consciousness.

Tests That Read and Interpret Results for Operators in Demand

August 14, 2013 7:07 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Innovative point-of-care tests that can assist operators with capturing test results and “reading” for a specific diagnosis are driving revenue growth of the lateral flow test category, according to Kalorama Information. Driven by these enhancements and others, the lateral flow point of care testing market (LF-POC) grew to $3.6 billion worldwide in 2012.

Monitor Your Heart Rhythm Whenever, Wherever

August 14, 2013 3:21 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SuperECG provides a 24-hour ECG examination for everyone. The HeartBug device is buttonless and the service functions completely online. The service has been developed by cardiologists and hardware and software designers. Now anyone can conduct a cardiac assessment that previously required a visit to a specialist.

Natus Neurology Incorporated Receives 510(k) & Health Canada Clearance And Launches New Electrodiagnostic System In U.S. & Canada

August 14, 2013 2:59 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Natus Neurology Incorporated, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA and Health Canada clearance for its new electrodiagnostic system, the UltraPro S100 EMG System. The UltraPro S100 is an EMG/Nerve Conduction device for monitoring and testing electrophysiologic and electrodiagnostic information from the human nervous and muscular system.

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